- Danny Ziri
- Sydney, NSW
Mixtapes are a special thing. When done right and well, they can add a totally new and richer dimension to the individual tracks included. As the cliche goes, the whole really is "greater than the sum of its parts". A mixtape without progression is a tragedy, and the key to a talented DJ is their ability to shape their audience's emotional journey when listening to their playlists. That is what separates the masters from the novices: where the novice maps out his playlist in order of ascendin...Read more
Danny Ziri's Bio
More so than actual music ability, a DJ needs great musical judgement and an understanding of the synergy created between different tracks. This is why master DJs are extremely versatile, applying their musical intuition to virtually any genre or style.
On a personal note, all my mixtapes are mixed the old-fashioned way: live; I don't like to 'cheat' by tinkering with the individual tracks, like extending intros and outros, or looping segments to achieve the so-called perfect transition; I champion the ol' school/ass-backwards method of simply leaving intact what the original artist produced and figure out a creative way to mix it with the incoming track. As a result, my mixes -- particularly the 80s ones -- sound less like what a contemporary DJ would do in a digital environment and more like what an ol' school DJ would do with nothing but a couple of decks and a mixer. I hope this adds to the live, more human, feel of the mixtape.